Osseo (WQOW) — The Thunder are looking to rebound from a 2-7 season in 2018, and get back to the playoffs. And even though they have some holes to fill, they return some talent on both sides of the ball.
That includes three all-conference seniors that are back on offense. As Jackson Kostka (second-team wide receiver), Ryan Myhers (honorable mention wide receiver), and Jackson Johnson (honorable mention quarterback) all provide the Thunder with weapons at the skill positions. The big x-factor though, how well the offensive line protects Johnson and gives him time to make plays.
“It’s probably one of the most simple things about playing line, your kick steps, power steps, and keeping your pocket for your quarterback,” says senior center/defensive end Coltan Dahl. “And it’s easy to overlook, but you have to maintain good focus on that because it’s very important.”
“We’ve been working hard on that too, because last year wasn’t the best,” says Myhers. “He always had to offset throws, and it didn’t really help us. But we’ve been working to get the the line to give Jackson more time, to hit his receivers with some good balls.”
Johnson starts his second full season under center for the Thunder. And with the spread style of offense that they run, having his leadership and experience is huge.
“It means a lot to have some experience at that position,” says head coach Eric Boettcher. “It’s one of the more important positions that we’ve got out on the field. Him being comfortable there in that leadership role, and leading that huddle and breaking them out onto the offensive line is real important.”
Osseo-Fairchild is on the road week one, traveling to Colby for a conference game on August 23rd.